Pakistan’s Haider Main Battle Tank


Haider Tank is a 3rd Generation Plus Tank that has been manufactured through collaboration with a Chinese defense contractor, “NORINCO” and various local industries of Pakistan. The Tank incorporates modern state-of-the-art technologies and astounding capabilities which gives it a definitive edge over any adversary on the battlefield. Distinguished features that make Tank Haider a more lethal and potent war machine as compared to Tank Al-Khalid 1 are:-

  • High maneuverability due to optimized power-to-weight ratio, high performance 1200 hp engine with automatic transmission, and digital navigation in all types of terrains and environments.
  • Greater lethality with long-range precision engagement, high first-round hit probability, and hunter-killer capability achieved through the latest generation of optical sights and Thermal Imager-based auto-tracking with improved image stabilized fire control systems (FCS) and gun control systems (GCS).
  • Greater adaptability through digitized architecture providing plug-and-play modularity for various systems, enhanced sensor-based real-time battlefield situational awareness, requisite connectivity for seamless Combine Arms Operations, and secured information sharing resulting in a more potent and reliable platform.
  • Improved survivability through low heat signature, advanced Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) along with passive and active protection systems and modern systems for crew survivability from fire, explosives, and Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) threats.
  • Enhanced reliability through adaptation of the latest manufacturing techniques, engineering practices, and quality control mechanisms.
  • Cost-effectiveness due to maximized local manufacturing of parts, assemblies, and systems ensuring assured self-sustenance.

Tank Haider is a true manifestation of “Strength through Self Reliance” in the defense production of Pakistan due to maximized indigenization, resulting in substantial foreign exchange savings while empowering our local industries through selective technology partnerships for in-country manufacturing.

Specifications of Haider Main Battle Tank:

The Haider tank has dimensions of 10.10 meters (33.1 feet) in length, 3.44 meters (11.3 feet) in width, and a height of 2.40 meters (7 feet 10 inches). Weighing 52 tonnes (57 short tons), it is powered by a VT/E1 V12 diesel engine that generates 1,200 horsepower (895 kW) at 2,300 rpm, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 23 horsepower per tonne. Thanks to its decent P/W ratio, The Haider tank can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h (43 mph) and has an operational range of 500 kilometers (310 miles).

For protection, the Haider tank uses a combination of composite armor and FY-2/4 Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). Its primary armament is the ZPT-98A 125mm smoothbore gun, capable of carrying 38 rounds (22 in the autoloader). Complementing this main gun are secondary armaments including a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) with a W-85 12.7×108mm heavy machine gun for anti-aircraft and anti-personnel role as well as a 7.62mm machine gun coaxial to 125mm main gun.

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